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This edition: Liliom

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Episode Details

(1934/France, 116 min., b&w, drama, in French with English subtitles) Dir.: Fritz Lang. Cast: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Robert Arnoux, Viviane Romance. Boyer plays Liliom, a brash ne'er-do-well whose spellbound union with the ethereal Julie is based on her unwavering faith in him. Things turn bad and twin dark angels bring Liliom to a fantastic tribunal in the heavens, his story contradicted by a filmed replay of his past, until he is allowed to return for one day to do something good. Later remade as a musical, “Carousel.” Discussion guest: James Deutsch, Smithsonian Institution.

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James Deutsch Smithsonian Institution